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Michael Morgan

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Pkwy Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Michael Morgan, author of many including Bethany Beach: A Brief History, Civil War Delaware, Hidden History of Lewes, and his newest, Delmarva's Patty Cannon: The Devil on the Nanticoke.

Delmarva's Patty Cannon: The Devil on the Nanticoke

Truth lies behind the grim legend of Patty Cannon. In the early nineteenth century, Patty and her gang terrorized the Delmarva Peninsula, kidnapping free African American men, women and children. Using surprise and treachery, Cannon even employed a free African American accomplice to lure her unsuspecting prey. Captives who survived confinement in Patty's cells were sold south. The position of the Cannon home on the shadowy border between Delaware and Maryland allowed her to dodge the law until a local farmer unearthed the remains of her victims in 1829. Patty mysteriously died in jail awaiting trial. Author Michael Morgan investigates the chilling history of one of the nation's first serial killers. 

Bethany Beach: A Brief History

Before a 1901 ceremony opened the peaceful resort town, the wild dunes of Bethany Beach were part of the rough-and-tumble New World and the deadly land wars between Delawareans and Marylanders. The twentieth century brought crowds eager to partake of a healthy saltwater bath and chicken-and-waffle socials. Local author Michael Morgan chronicles the history of this "quiet" resort with stories of rumrunners who concealed their illicit goods in local chicken coops, World War II residents who anxiously kept a weather eye on the Atlantic and the devastating 1962 nor'easter. Join Morgan as he deftly narrates the storied history of this beloved Delaware beach town.

About Michael

Michael Morgan has been writing free-lance newspaper articles on the history of the mid-Atlantic region for over three decades. He is the author of the "Delaware Diary" which appears weekly in the Delaware Coast Press and the "Sussex Journal" which is a weekly feature of The Wave. Morgan has also published articles in The Baltimore Sun, Maryland Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Civil War Times, World War II Magazine, America's Civil War and other national publications.

Morgan is the author of six books on the coastal region: Pirates and Patriots, Tales of the Delaware Coast, Rehoboth Beach, A History of Surf and Sand, Bethany Beach, A Brief History, Going Down the Ocean, A Brief History of Ocean City, Maryland, Civil War Delaware. and Hidden History of Lewes. His latest book, Patty Cannon: The Devil on the Nanticoke, will be released in the spring of 2015.

Morgan is a retired high school history teacher who holds a Master's degree in history. A former member of the interpretive staff at Fort McHenry National Monument, he served as the 1st Sergeant of the Fort McHenry Guard, a living history unit dedicated to the War of 1812. A frequent lecturer in the coastal region, Morgan's look at history is marked by a lively, storytelling style that has made his writing and lectures popular.

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